William Rehnquist's court -- Two kinds of Republican -- Clarence Thomas's constitution -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg's equal protection clause -- Antonin Scalia's First Amendment -- Anthony Kennedy and gay rights -- The religious right's agenda : symbols and money -- Holding the line on abortion -- Race, affirmative action, and crime -- The federalism revolution -- The takings project -- Big business's constitution -- A Supreme Court united?
"Melvin Urofsky's major new book looks at the role of dissent in the Supreme Court and the meaning of the Constitution through the greatest and longest lasting public-policy debate in the country's history, among members of the Supreme Court, between the Court and the other branches of government, and between the Court and the people of the United States,"--Amazon.com.
Written by former law clerks, legal scholars, biographers, historians, and political scientists, the essays in In Chambers tell the fascinating story of clerking at the Supreme Court. In addition to reflecting the personal experiences of the law clerks with their justices, the essays reveal how clerks are chosen, what tasks are assigned to them, and how the institution of clerking has evolved over time, from the first clerks in the late 1800s to the clerks of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Supreme Court justices have long relied on law clerks to help process the work of the Court. Yet few outside the Court are privy to the behind-the-scenes bonds that form between justices and their clerks. Offering a rare glimpse into a normally unseen world, Of Courtiers and Kings reveals the Court’s increasing reliance on law clerks and raises important questions about the selection, utilization, and influence of law clerks.
Call Number: KF8748 T66 2007 (also at College Library)
In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land.
An insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. From the moment John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States, flubbed the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation--and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue.
The justices. Chief Justice John Roberts -- John Paul Stevens -- Antonin Scalia -- Anthony Kennedy -- Clarence Thomas -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- Stephen Breyer -- Samuel Alito -- Sonia Sotomayor -- Sandra Day O'connor (retired) -- Supreme Court experts. Joan Biskupic, reporter, USA Today -- Drew Days III, former Solicitor general -- Lyle Denniston, reporter, SCOTUS blog -- Maureen Mahoney, attorney and former Supreme Court law clerk -- James B. O'Hara, Supreme Court historian -- William Suter, Clerk of the Supreme Court -- Supplementary material. Biographies of the justices -- Members of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-2010 -- Recent C-SPAN surveys of public awareness of the Supreme Court -- Number of Supreme Court petitions and arguments heard, 1980-2008 -- C-SPAN requests for same-day release of oral arguments -- Excerpt from the opinion Marbury v. Madison -- Biography of John Marshall, the "Great Chief".
The Supreme Court : an institutional perspective -- The Supreme Court's review process, caseload, and cases -- The Supreme Court's opinion, decision, and outcome trends -- The justices : backgrounds, nominations, and confirmations -- The justices : post-confirmation activities and departures from the Court -- The justices : oral arguments, votes, and opinions -- The Supreme Court : its political and legal environments -- The Supreme Court and public opinion -- The impact of the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies 1789-2012, Third Edition provides a single-volume reference profiling every Supreme Court justice from John Jay through Elena Kagan. An original essay on each justice paints a vivid picture of his or her individuality as shaped by family, education, pre-Court career, and the times in which he or she lived.